About last night …

BudajBoston

They’ll probably lose to Buffalo.
Your Montreal Canadiens most definitely will be feeling an emotional letdown when they face the Sabres at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.
The game, against a horrible team with nothing to play for, will begin less than 24 hours after the Canadiens’ heroic conquest of a very good team that had won 12 in a row and is primed for a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Let’s hope that wasn’t the last we see of Canadiens-Bruins in 2013-’14.
The postseason just won’t be the same unless these old playoff rivals hook up one more time.

And maybe, if they find themselves at the TD Garden in few weeks from now, your Montreal Canadiens will be able to use four forward lines.

Michel Therrien had a personnel crisis on his hands less than five minutes into Monday night’s game. Boston defenceman Kevan Miller ended Dale Weise’s night by crashing him into the boards, then KOed Travis Moen right out of the game in the subsequent punch-up.

As he is wont to do in moments of crisis, Therrien leaned on his veterans.

And man, did the geezers ever come up big – none bigger than the Canadiens captain.

Brian Gionta played 26:19 – more than any other forward on either team. The 35-year-old’s ToI was exceeded by only Andrei Markov’s 29:05 and Zdeno Chara’s 26:40.

Gionta’s ice time included seven minutes on the physically-demanding penalty-kill. Gionta assisted on the Alexei Emelin goal that gave the Canadiens an early lead, and he blocked four shots.

Tomas Plekanec played 23:42, including almost six minutes on the PK. Max pacioretty played 22:27, David Desharnais 19:42 and Thomas Vanek 17:38.

Despite a shortened bench, Shootout hero Alex Galchenyuk played only 12:28 through 65 minutes. Daniel Brière played 12:55 – five seconds less than Michäel Bournival.

Therrien relied on five defencemen. While Weaver earned major minutes, Douglas Murray played only 14:33, 5:21 of which was on the PK.

The list of bleu-blanc-rouge heroes begins, of course, with Peter Budaj.

Budaj hadn’t started a game since losing to Boston on March 12 at the Bell Centre. But he was 4-0 lifetime against the Bruins at TD Garden.

Therrien played a hunch. And as has been the case more often this season than the coach’s legion of detractors would admit, Therrien was right.

Through the first period and the beginning of the second, the Bruins looked like they were on a continuous power play. Budaj made 21 stops through 40 minutes, including a superb glove save on Milan Lucic.

And the goaltender got help from another hero, journeyman Mike Weaver. The defenceman played 20:12, blocked three shots and stood up to the pounding Boston inflicted en route to a 36-24 advantage in hits.

That’s nothing new. The Canadiens are outhit in every game, most recently a 37-18 pounding in Toronto.

They take a licking but keep on ticking. The team’s resilience speaks volumes about their character and, yes, Therrien’s ability to get a small roster to punch above its weight.

Despite losing Weise and watching Moen play Mike Komisarek to Miller’s Milan Lucic, the Canadiens refused to be intimidated. Alexei Emelin displayed particular valour and toughness. He was a target of the Bruins after landing a big hip check on Lucic less than two minutes into the game.

As has come to be the norm in the NHL, Emelin’s clean hit drew a retaliatory assault from Zdeno Chara. And late in the game, Lucic speared Emelin from behind – a cheap shot described as a “love tap” by the cretinous P.J. Stock, who is ruining L’Antichambre for me.

Of course, Emelin’s refusal to “answer the bell” will be highlighted this Saturday on Coach’s Corner – the more so because bashing a Russian will take Cherry’s increasingly enfeebled mind off the late-season collapse of his beloved Leafs.

Despite being outmuscled by a team that is, let’s be honest – better, at least on paper, the Canadiens beat the Bruins in three of their four meetings this year.

Spring just wouldn’t be spring without these teams hooking up in a playoff series.

But it won’t happen until the second round at the earliest.

 

 

636 Comments

  1. can’t say I’m surprised. :)

    Go habs go!

  2. habsr4ever says:

    Lucic is an ox. So happy that Emelin showed no fear. NICE CLEAN HIT. Milan to say those comments shows how much Emelin got to him and his team for that hit. What Milan – nobody is allowed to hit you?? We know you are one of the toughest in the league but don’t think for a second people are not going to hit you or your big bad tough Bruins. its called hockey. Having said all of this I would take Lucic on the habs roster any day. Chara is still a tree but he is starting to look his age….slower for sure.

  3. marvin20 says:

    I did not say he was not tough, (maybe I misspoke). He is very tough and strong, but when you resort to cheap shots, need your team mates to fight your battles, and turtle, it starts to show a pattern of serious character weakness. He does a good job picking his spots

  4. Timo says:

    New thread. Don’t rush, Burlington got the first.

  5. Timo says:

    Was it the sabres that Tokarski got his shutout against? If Price not 100% (which appears to be the case) why not give the lad another crack at it?

    • shiram says:

      Aren’t the teams limited on the # of call ups they can make after the trade deadline?

      • Really? That would be awful if injuries strike a team.


        Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

      • GrimJim says:

        Yes. Four call-ups between the trade deadline and when the AHL team’s season ends. There are provisions to allow emergency call-ups if a team can’t ice the minimum 18 skaters and two goalie, though.

    • That’s a good thought — we want the points, but if there’s ever a good time to get Tokarski another NHL start, this is it.

      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  6. Le Jadester says:

    Budaj made me eat crowe yesterday.
    He was brilliant against the Booos!
    I wanted the Toker to start after Budaj was consistently wetting the bed in that stint of his after the Olympics, but wow ! What a performance last nite !

    I like Plex with the two Gee’s as well. They looked very dangerous every shift they were on and got better as the game progressed. Bournival has to be on the roster from here on it too IMO.

    Feels great after feeding it to the Sens, Loafs and Booins all in a two week span.

    Habs, OLE !

    • Habfan10912 says:

      He was stellar and its classy for you to public ally admit you were wrong. Most of the folks that shared your opinion, and there were many, seem to have disappeared today. Way to bring a bit of class to this place today. CHeers.

    • He seems to be a very solid goalie so long as he doesn’t play more than once every few games. If not for consistency issues, he’d be a starter somewhere. We’re lucky to have him.

      And good on you for the mea culpa — you’re a bigger man than many on here. : )


      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  7. Timo says:

    So assuming Larry or Parros can’t go, who are Habs going to call up from Hamilton? Have there been any news on callups? Where are all those great reporters who are supposed to report some sort of news once in a while?

    Nevermind… forgot about Whitey.

  8. habs_54321 says:

    so we’ve lost our entire 4th line of moen/prust/weise

  9. Habfan10912 says:

    I’m always baffled by some of the large fallouts of professional athletes. Someone mentioned Gomez and Clarkson as example. Chen, the former pitcher for the Yankees is another that cones to mind.

    Could it be PED related? Us it the fact that they became millionaires and perhaps list that edge or desire to maintain their level of play?

    Baffling.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think more related to getting the big contract and forgetting the hard work it took to get that contract, and no longer giving that proverbial 110%. The real great ones provide the same effort regardless of the contract.

    • Phil C says:

      I think PEDs is definitely at play in a lot of cases. Why risk your health any further when you are set for life.

      Clarkson was just overrated. If you remove the one 30 goal season, he is not that far off what he normally produced.

  10. Komihater says:

    Hey Boston you want some cheese with your whine? I absolutely love this, all the whining and crying exposing they’re true colors. Doesn’t matter if no suspensions are handed down, everyone saw what happened and Boston has nothing to say except cry and cry. The league is laughing at you Boston.

    Boston wine and cheese club.

  11. Timo says:

    Habs need to get Trevor Gillies on the team – someone who can just go bat sh!t crazy. Just promise him that his docked suspension pay will be covered.

  12. Timo says:

    Actually this – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftGo5FR6umY

    The embellishment city

  13. Feraco says:

    On a side note…I don’t think anyone expected Gomezs play to drop off the way it did. He’s still in the nhl and I’m sure people believed that he would put up 50 pts.

    Alas what a mess

  14. Feraco says:

    Weise has wrist injury! Probably out until playoffs…Moen…he’s in trouble!

  15. shiram says:

    Had not seen this one before, and since we did not get to see it yesterday…
    http://i.imgur.com/xwneKOK.gif

  16. JF says:

    Jeremy Jacobs must have really wanted to prolong the winning streak. I’ve never seen so many BS calls on a team in a single period as we got in the third. I guess if the B’s hadn’t finally scored on their fourth powerplay, the refs would have simply given them a fifth. Makes me wonder about people wanting to face the B’s in the playoffs, exciting as such a series would be. Not only are they better and tougher than we are, but the officials would do everything in their power to make sure they win. Remember the Boston-Vancouver Cup final and all the crap the B’s got away with? A Montreal-Boston series would be the same, likely also a Montreal-Philly series.

    The Habs are 31-0-3 when leading after two periods. That statistic by itself is a good indicator of how much we have improved from two years ago. No lead was safe that year, and I knew that if we were up by a goal or even two going into the third period, we would end up losing in OT. We must have led the League in blown third-period leads.

    Last night’s game is one of the reasons I’d like to keep Gionta if he is willing sign for a couple more years and play on the third line. He’s not scoring as much as he used to, but he’s so tough and so good defensively that he’s an ideal third-liner. He was absolutely heroic last night. We have no one in our system capable of replacing him, so not re-signing him would mean a trade or hitting the free agent market.

    The trade for Mike Weaver, which many thought completely useless and a waste of a draft pick, is looking pretty good right now. He played well against the Leafs and was even better last night. He may not be a giant, but he’s tough.

    I really liked Therrien’s answer to the question at the press conference about whether part of the team’s focus was ending the Bruins’ streak. He said no, not even a bit. He and the players were entirely focused on getting enough points to make the playoffs. The game was only about that. I thought it was a good answer and a classy one.

    • bwoar says:

      Agree with you 100%

      The 30-0-3 thing kinda blew my mind. What a difference from last year. Speaking of fun stats, Peter Budaj is 5-0 now in Boston. It’s sweet.

    • Oleg Lupien says:

      I agree with you that Gionta played exceptionally well last night and that his PK skills are very good and he has surprising quickness. But his offensive skills have deteriorated and I don’t see him settling for a 3rd line role with a notable pay cut.

      I would not describe him as soft, but he is small and the only two small players that should be a Habs’ forward going into 2015-16 are Gallagher and DD (not sure where I’d put Pleks in that discussion). Sorry but we can’t have 1/3 (which we have now with DD, Gallagher, Briere and Gionta) of our forwards be midgets let alone soft, larger players like Bourque and Vanek.

    • HabsPooch says:

      I respectfully disagree about Gionta. Last night’s game showed us why we need size. This was just one game, what happens in a seven game series with all these small guys?

      • JF says:

        If we let Gionta go, who do we replace him with?

        • HabsPooch says:

          Good question? We have nobody in Hamilton (Leblanc the only option really) and would either have to trade for someone this summer ( I was pulling for an Eller for Kassian trade a month ago) or target one of the UFAs this summer (Radim Vrbata if the price is right)

          • HabsPooch says:

            If Gionta was the only small player on the team I would try keeping him but this team cannot go forward with five guys under 5′ 10″. Gionta, given his age would have to be one of the cuts.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Well thought and in my opinion accurate post JF!

  17. CranbrookEd says:

    As just reposted by Mr. Stubbs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mreider8/status/448480827954192384/photo/1

    CranbrookEd
    Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . .

  18. AliHaba says:

    Lucichio’s nose just keeps on growing.

  19. mdp2011 says:

    Aaron Ward ‏@aaronward_nhl 6m
    Believed Dale Weise suffered a tendon injury to his wrist and left last night in a splint. Further tests to determine if it’s torn. #TSN

    Edit: oops, sorry didn’t see Hobie posted the same thing.

  20. Hobie Hansen says:

    Aaron Ward ‏@aaronward_nhl 4m

    Believed Dale Weise suffered a tendon injury to his wrist and left last night in a splint. Further tests to determine if it’s torn. #TSN

  21. krob1000 says:

    Bruins are used to being so much bigger and badder than everyone that you can catch them with big hits because their heads are often down…they play as if they are untouchable…it really aggravates them when they do get hit…they think if they get hit they can just smash your face. It is still a dangerous game becasuse theyare so big and strong…but they can be swayed from their game veryeasily.

  22. Timo says:

    Any word on Weise or Moen today?

  23. shiram says:

    Here’s hoping the Habs are more focused on tonight than we are!
    those 2 points are important!

  24. bwoar says:

    So, Therrien wins another.

    He gave Budaj the net (that was guaranteed loss yesterday, remember?)

    He played Weaver and Murray and Boullion over Tinordi and that other guy in Hamiton who gets so much love.

    He played Gionta all night, who was awesome. (With a short bench he could’ve tried anyone, but he called on the captain)

    And just when I questioned why Galchenyuk played the 12 or so minutes he did (and was horrible all night), he put the kid in for the skills comp and got us the win.

    That’s game set and match for the coach, I hope everyone way, way out in the back row was paying attention. This is exactly, 100% what I talked about yesterday when it comes to playing veteran defensemen that you know you can trust, ahead of the Grand Development Project of 2014.

    Big, big shoutout to Emelin for a great game, and for essentially drawing Lucic away from the rest of the team. In the first few minutes last night he ensured that he was a magnet for the big man, and saved a few of his smaller teammates the worst of the punishment.

    • chilli says:

      Great post Bwoar.
      Nothing worse than reading the game-day posts or even in-game posts of all the negative whiny bitchy Habs fans who think they know more than the people that do this for a living.

      MT outcoached Julien and and did a great job trusting his gut. He methodically watched what was happening on the ice and got his team to win the toughest 2 points of the season.

      Budaj plays his heart out and then stops them all in a shootout.

      Great calls out there coach. Boston is WAY better than us.

      Habs are not very good yet sitting very pretty in the standings.

      Shout out to Emelin, Boo, Weaver, Moen and Markov for taking the hits, hitting back and standing up for the team.

      Stars were Budaj, Emelin, Gionta.

      Tre

      • bwoar says:

        I’ve noticed it’s very quiet, once again, after a victory since the negative types are either not yet out of bed, or just refusing to say very simply “I was wrong.”

        It wasn’t all roses last night, though. Boston failed to capitalize on at least 4 open nets where the shooter had a sure goal but couldn’t control the puck. We had a fair bit of luck on our side (which the refs evened up quite well in the third period.) We were outplayed most of the game (except on the PK) and having Moen, Weisse, Prust, Gorges, Tinordi and a can of sardines in the lineup won’t redress this.

        Still, our team found a way to win. When you see Markov practically begging to get clobbered, knowing his team will need a break from 5-on-5 if they want to win, it makes you glad to see the honest heart of the team.

      • JF says:

        Great comments by both you and bwoar. For all the inanities P.J. Stock uttered on L’Antichambre last night, he did say one good thing. Therrien deserves a lot of credit. We criticize some of his decisions, but he also makes some absolutely inspired ones. Going with Budaj last night, trusting his veterans, sending Galchenyuk out on the shootout although he was 0-5 this season. And last week he put Tokarski in against the Sabres and out-coached Patrick Roy. Way to go, MT.

        • bwoar says:

          Man, Galchenyuk was null out there last night. Could not handle the physical level of the game. I recall thinking that if he could ever get space in alone on the net…. and sure enough…!

          Thanks for reminding me that MT outcoached the “guaranteed to win” Avalanche. He is indeed on something of a roll after the team slumped.

          • JF says:

            Galchenyuk may not have been great last night, but I think he’s progressing even though it doesn’t show up on the stats sheet. There are different ways to develop young players, and the slow, steady approach the Habs are taking may work just as well or better than giving them a lot of ice-time and responsibility right away, as the Avs are doing with MacKinnon. One thing is certain – if our lineup had been full of rookies last night, we would have lost. For example, the Bruins’ only goal came when Plekanec was on the bench for Bournival.

  25. krob1000 says:

    Since when are hip checks”low”…let me get this straight..you can’t hit into the boards, you can’t hit from behnd, you can’t hit high and now you can’t even hip check? ….maybe we should start awarding foul shots? Emelin did not Ulf Samuelsson him…he hit him clean…it was not low, it was not anything but a great check….hip checks have been around forever. Jeepers this the same team that just hit a player from behind, speared a guy in the sack, had a player run a player into the stanchion, have a guy who knocked out a player lying on the ice, had a guy chase a player bare fisted with is back turned,etc,etc,etc, …UNREAL that people are in any way talking about PK or Emelin…unbelieveable actually.

    • Truly inconceivable.

      Defense wins championships

      “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

    • bwoar says:

      PK is getting the criticism he deserves. If he’s gonna play that way, he better fight or learn to appreciate boos and fair criticism. That is the lot of any pest. He’s free to keep that in his game but he will get called on it every time.

      • WindsorHab-10 says:

        He’s not complaining about criticism or boos. That’s the way he plays. He’s not a fighter but if called upon, will drop them. He knows he’s more valuable to the team on the ice & not the penalty box. I have no problem with PK’s game.

        • bwoar says:

          I don’t have a major problem with his game either, to tell you the truth. He’s right to stay out of the box and right not to get into fights. Maybe he needs to consider what the refs think of his act, though.

          My point was, some fans don’t seem to think he should be called out for his antics. It’s pretty blatent homerism on the part of those fans.

      • krob1000 says:

        How many fights has Nicklas Kronwall been in? He hits the smae as Pk…does he punch people in scurms in fornt? does he stand up for himself without fighting? I thinkt he answer is yes…and PK is much more valuable to his team than Kronwall. This idea that PK has to fight is ridiculous…the sad thing is he does fight sometimes..but he is not going to jump weight classes or take himself of for a nobody.
        Why does he get called on it every time? Markov is far dirtier than PK ever has been and is even dirtier than Emelin..so is Daniel Briere for that matter….Markov over the years has probably punched a 100 people in scrums…is he expected to fight? Markov sticks players all the time. They all throw punches in those circumstances…Corsby’s, Ovechkins you name them.

        • bwoar says:

          Sorry man, but Kronwall is definitely more valuable to the Wings than Subban is to the Habs, first of all.

          Secondly, PK’s overall body of work is well-documented and the owrd for him is pest. He goes out of his way to agitate. Like a Marchand, a Tikkanen, a Lapierre if you will. Don’t see a lot of defenders have that in their game these days, but Subban’s an uber-pest, and constantly pleads his case with the zebras when someone takes exception. He’ll either answer for it with his fists, or get called out for not being willing to pay the price. I don’t care that much, really. But the criticism leveled at him isn’t unfair.

          Markov dirtier than PK? Really?

    • Phil C says:

      Th ultimate test of the cleanness of the hit was the fact that the only thing that was hurt on Lucic was his pride. A good clean hip check that does not cause injury.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Yep and that idiot ex Bruin coach Milbury said the hip check should be illegal. A Bruin, of all people, basically arguing for NBC hockey on NBC. Heh.

      Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  26. mfDx says:

    James Duthie, on TSN after the game:
    “I don’t think we can call Montreal Boston’s ‘nemessis’ quite yet, they probably have to take them out in the playoffs before they earn that word”

    Where has Duthie been the past 40 years?

    Sent from my CHphone

  27. The_Truth says:

    I was watching the highlights of the Ranger game yesterday and cried a little watching McDonagh. I think his all around game is even better than Subban’s. Imagine those two as a top pairing?

    • TheCanadianDagger says:

      Yeah but then we would never have had the Gomez years. So there’s that..

    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      Likewise. Beyond depressing and infuriating. Worse than the Chelios trade?

      • The_Truth says:

        True, It was fun watching Gomez go for a skate in the park and then laugh it up on the bench after his countless giveaways and non existent backcheck. All while killing our cap. He got us Gio and Cammy, remember that lol?

        Yes, I think worse than the Chelios trade. Habs won a Cup with Savard and Chelios had to go. Too many off ice issues here. McDonagh is just getting started too. Let’s not forget Higgins was part of that deal too. Higgins and Valentenko and a 3rd pick should have been enough and would have been too.

    • Chris says:

      McDonagh is proof positive that people (including Pierre McGuire) that put too much stock in the World Junior tournament, which is basically an All-Star game with hitting, are delusional. Defencemen in particular struggle to demonstrate their ability due to a lack of familiarity with the system, their partner and their goalie.

      McDonagh was drawing rave reviews from people that actually watched him play game in and game out. The points weren’t there, but the passing, toughness, leadership, size and positioning were all excellent. Yet he was deemed a bust.

      It was far too easy to trade Ryan McDonagh. Habs fans, who should have been absolutely outraged on the day of that trade, were basically dismissive. There weren’t many of us on this site that were upset at losing McDonagh citing the fact that Weber, O’Byrne, Subban, and Carle were all better prospects. McDonagh’s weaker World Junior performance was cited (despite ignoring the fact that he played injured in that tournament) and his willingness to stay in Wisconsin while he developed instead of rushing to Hamilton was “obvious” evidence that he was intending to never sign with Montreal.

      As with so much else when it comes to fan opinions of prospects, it was so much malarkey. McDonagh was the only prospect whose trade was bitterly opposed by Trevor Timmins. We talk about how he never drafted the right kind of players for today’s NHL, but we sent away the best one to come along in years to get ourselves another soft perimeter player on the downside of his career.

      That Gomez’s contract was such an albatross that Sather would have gladly traded him for future considerations was the gross insult to injury. Sather was absolutely desperate to dump Gomez so that he could make a splash in free agency that summer, yet we threw in the #1 prospect in the entire system.

      Madness? This is Montreal.

      • The_Truth says:

        Yes, you are right. Sather was desperate to move Gomez and go for Gaborik as a UFA. There was nobody else who wanted him. I don’t know how he got Gainey to throw in McDonagh. If I remember right, Gainey offered a choice of Subban or McDonagh and Sather chose the latter. Timmins must cry every day over that.

        Gainey was desperate himself for a “Marquee” center after deciding to let Koivu walk. A sad day in Habs history.

    • Timo says:

      McDonagh is not nearly as good in the room.

    • Just a Habs Fan says:

      McDonagh is a much better all round player than Subban for certain at this point in Subban’s career. Hopefully Subban sheds the foolish traits he has now like the taunting etc

  28. DipsyDoodler says:

    WindsorHab –

    I don’t ask for much, but a bit of logical consistency would be nice.

    You claim that Therrien is an incompetent buffoon for not dressing Parros. Parros, who has suffered 2 concussions and would probably not be allowed into a rink if he was a boxer.

    Yet, only yesterday, you were yelping like a poodle in a vet’s office when you heard Budaj was starting.

    How can you not start your best players against the Bruins, you asked?

    Do you see the inconsistency?

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  29. TheCanadianDagger says:

    Mike Weaver… that hit! Highlight of my night. Textbook.

    Highlight of my day today is the amount of whining. They do not want to face the Habs in the playoffs. Not. One. Bit.

  30. Maybe Lucic really didn’t mean to spear Yemmy — could be that his stick was just attracted by the gravitational pull of Emelin’s gigantic balls.


    Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      That’s hilarious. If I was Emelin or any other big hitting Hab, I’d leave Lucic alone (i.e. don’t awake the sleeping giant). I’d hit other players.

      • Mattyleg says:

        …which is why you’re not an NHLer, obviously.
        ;)

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          Yeah, we know what happened to the ‘sleeping giant’ last time they met the Habs in the playoffs.. Relegated to the 3rd line, gave Pleks 2 goals on beauty passes ;)

          Poor Halpren… Dan well, we’re a better team now and they’re worse..

          They fear the class.

          ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

          You on the other, hand would go nail Lucic with great regularity, right? I’m sure that would work out well for you.

          • Mattyleg says:

            I’d pick him up over my head and spin him around before throwing him over the glass.

            But we can’t expect our pampered millionaires to do anything like that, can we?

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

            LOL. I would love that. I know

      • Stimpy007 says:

        F’ him, he did nothing the whole game, go after him! I have a “hunch” he doesnt like that!

      • Just a Habs Fan says:

        I don’t think it a good idea to let Lucic do whatever he wants out there…ow is hell does that help a team to let a physical player run everyone…..glad you are not playing on our team

    • Timo says:

      LOL… yeah. Which says 2 things about Lucic…
      1. He can’t control his stick
      2. … (which invites “not that there is anything wrong with it” comment)

  31. Sal from the Hammer says:

    You watch that cross check on the back by Miller on Weisse and you have to wonder how he didn’t get a game!!

  32. BriPro says:

    I would have to assume, given Lughead Lucic’s comments about our boy being a chicken, and his loathing that type of behaviour, he must have really given it to his teammate, the rat, for this hit….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGD5DbljtfE

    • AllHailTheFlower says:

      The best thing about that video link is the menu on the side – you can go watch PK’s hit on the rat again…and again…and again. I just never get tired of it.

  33. Phil C says:

    Boston only has a losing record against 3 teams, the Habs, Red Wings, and Islanders. Surprisingly, they do not have a losing record against any of the Western conference teams. Boston could end up with Detroit and Montreal in the first two rounds.

  34. marvin20 says:

    the bruins are your classic bullies Love to dish it out but can not take it.

    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      They can take it, they just dish it out more

      • Phil C says:

        They can’t take it with out a ridiculous amount of whining. They need to STFU after losing, bunch of cry babies.

        • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

          I’m only concerned with on-ice related behavior and words.

          • Phil C says:

            The post game stuff reveals their character in my opinion. It supports Marvin’s comment that they cannot take their own medicine very well.

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            So Lucic can take it? Or does he need Chara to go defend him after a clean hit! Go to your b’s site

            TROLL ALERT!!!

            ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

          • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

            I’m a huge (albeit pessimistic (realistic?) leaning) Habs fan, but I can’t agree when I read people saying that Lucic isn’t tough. It’s ridiculous.

          • Phil C says:

            I’m not saying he is not tough, just that he can’t take when people play against him like he plays. Jabbing a guy in the nads after a clean hit is the act of a player who can’t take it, who reverts to cheapshots. Weaver took his hit from Lucic like a man without running around dishing out cheapshots. Seriously, how can you defend Lucic on that?

      • Mattyleg says:

        No, they can’t take it.
        Which is why they spear our players in the stones.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  35. marvin20 says:

    lots of posts about PJ Stock, to sum it up he is a moron, and an embarrassment to broadcasting. He would be a perfect fit on TSN Toronto Sports Network, They make HNIC look unbiased

    • RockinRey says:

      huh? TSN does great work. Say that as a Habs fan

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    • Frank2468 says:

      Whats PJ going to do next year when he’s out of a job cause CBC is no longer in charge of HNIC? Is he go run back to Montreal and try and get his job back on TSN690 with that silly show “The Stock Report” Either way knowing he won’t be on Saturday night is good for me. Now lets see how long he last on Antichambre? Hopefully this is the last year we have to listen to Heally as well he’s another fool.

  36. frontenac1 says:

    Blimey! A goalie punch up in Jolly Old England last night!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz0ztn9UvGs

  37. RockinRey says:

    The Horse collar on PK deserved more than a roughing penalty or whatever it was that he got . He really could have seriously been injured . Refs blue that.

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  38. The_Truth says:

    I don’t think Subban needs to fight, but he is kind of embarrassing sometimes.

    Giving Boychuck a shot when he was down and then with the arms in the air, and jumping backwards into the guy and all that. Doughty wouldn’t do that. Ray Bourque never did. Neither did Lidstrom. That’s Kadri type stuff.

    • RockinRey says:

      Dont know about that.

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    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      Subban is immature, although I suppose if he can draw a penalty then ok

    • bwoar says:

      It’s embarrassing to the team. I was embarrassed for him and his teammates and anyone in a Habs jersey in the building. The kid’s a real player, he’s willing to do anything.

      With his partner Markov going bugnuts trying to draw a penalty after each whistle, I thought they made a great pair. It kinda worked, too.

  39. RockinRey says:

    Comments by Lucic in the Boston Globe re hit by Emelin.

    Whether it’s fair, legal, or whatever you want to call it, if he wasn’t scared, he would stand up and hit me and not go after my knees,” Lucic said. “It just shows how big of a chicken he is that he needs to go down like that to take me down. It shows what kind of player he is, and on my end, you know you’ve got to keep your guard up at all times.”

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    • The_Truth says:

      Emelin is anything but a chicken. He isn’t scared to antagonise the tougest guys in the league. It worked too. He definitely got Lucic off his game.

    • joeybarrie says:

      So going after your lower body to flip you over is being scared, and hitting you high to knock you down is not being scared???????
      What if you are a bigger guy and I want to be smart to make sure you crash to the ice…..
      My reply would be “if you were not scared you would have fought BGL instead of running away and taking advantage of guys smaller than you or who dont fight”…

    • Phil C says:

      When Emelin plays physically, he really gets into the opposition’s heads. It is a very important part of his overall game.

      • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

        I don’t know if that necessarily works to the Habs advantage?

        • Phil C says:

          They think it’s huge. When you get a star like Lucic thinking about Emelin instead of scoring, that’s already a big accomplishment before the puck even drops. I’ve seen Evander Kane make similar comments about having to know where Emelin is on the ice. Getting in their heads prevents players from getting into the zone where peak performance occurs.

          It can be the same with PK. Phil Kessel has been known to carve through the offensive zone with his great speed, however with the threat of PK’s big caboose body check, Kessel often slams on the breaks at the blueline against Subban.

          • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

            I actually agree he needs to play physically. I like the big hits but would prefer solid basic body checks then those low hip checks which are bound to draw a lot of negative attention. I don’t think it serves him or the team that well to wind up being a target the rest of the game, especially when he won’t drop the gloves to back it up.

          • Phil C says:

            Hip checks are legal. They take the player completely out of the play. Why would you have a problem with that? Why should he need to back it up with fighting if he is playing legally?

    • Caesar says:

      How about raising your knee as you are getting hit to blow out an ACL? I guess that’s OK. How about foregetting about the puck and running a goalie when he comes out of his net?

      Too Funny how they act. Why didn’t anyone Chara included run Budaj when Murray was on the ice? Not sure Murray would last long against that monster but he definitely did not back down when Chara was posturing around the net…

      Hope they have something left in the tank for tonight. My boys are going to the game with me. It’s my youngets’s first game so it would be nice to see a win

    • marvin20 says:

      Not sure if Lucic is all that tough any more. Look at his track record. He goes after Konisarik and has a huge celebration challenges the Montreal bench and the next game he turtles against Laraque, (what a chicken move). He takes out Miller and Thorton has to fight John Scott and gets hurt (Lucic to chicken to answer for his actions) , Clean hit by Emilen and Lucic spears him (anther chicken move). He is a bigger joke than PJ Stock

      • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

        Come on, get real. Lucic is plenty tough. Just because he may be dirty and you don’t like him, don’t start saying he’s not tough. That’s ridiculous.

  40. Storman says:

    Emelin questionable for tonight’s game with a lower no wait an upper no scratch that a mid level body injury

  41. CranbrookEd says:

    . . . and of course, the embellishment part two video . . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6IxtxfsNWg

    CranbrookEd
    Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . .

  42. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Not going to give MT any credit whatsoever for the win last night. It was all players & only players rallying around Weise & Moen. My problem with MT are numerous but the one that doesn’t make any sense is why on God’s earth was George Parros not in the lineup last night? Check the Habs/Gooins games this year with Parros playing & you’ll find that all their Goons were well behaved until last night. If Parros is that ineffective, cut him loose then. He was brought in for one reason only & that was to handle thugs from Boston & not dressing him shows incompetence of our head coach.

    Glad we won but do you guys actually think we can survive a 7 game series against the animals from B-town?

    • Phil C says:

      I will answer your question with another, how do you think Boston would feel about facing Montreal? The reality is we are a bad matchup for them. They would probably goon it up, but if Montreal’s PP got hot, the Bruins could be in trouble against the Habs.

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      Yes, I do.

    • RockinRey says:

      I dont really have a problem with it but what was the point in signing him if you dont play him against the Bruins? He should not be in the lineup again if you cant be bothered to put him in. Tells you they wanted 4 capable lines. Why waste a spot with Parros in the playoffs?

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    • AliHaba says:

      Therrien is nothing but an absolute genius.

      • Thomas Le Fan says:

        Therrien is nothing like an absolute genius. Fixed it for you. ;)

        Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

    • Mattyleg says:

      We won the game, and Therrien’s decisions before and during the game were the reasons for that.

      You say “It was all players & only players rallying around Weise & Moen.”

      Where’s your proof?
      Saying that the coach has no impact on this game is disingenuous at best.

      And Yes, I think we could survive a 7-game series.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Survive? We thrive on the Bruins. Do you actually think they’re excited and confident at the prospect of facing us in the playoffs? Bring ‘em on.

      Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!


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